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Reasons Why, The (Part II)

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Reasons Why, The (Part II)

Published 1959
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Television manufacturing at RCA's New Jersey plant. Includes scenes of design, engineering and quality control. Great scenes of TVs with flickering test patterns.

Run time 0:17:38
Production Company Handy (Jam) Organization
Sponsor RCA Victor Corp., Television Division
Audio/Visual sound, color


Reviewer: JayKay49 - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 7, 2014
Subject: An Inordinately Large Number Of Redheads...
working in those plants, and the one in the final scene walking up to the desk is a real doll!

Given the complexity of those sets and so much of it "handmade" it's easy to see why so many layers of quality control were required. This is pre-robotics. It happened that in that period RCA was just beginning to develop its reputation as the most overall reliable set, and also on the expensive side as well.

Not bad, not anything real special, no camp, but certainly complete in detail.
Reviewer: nrgenova - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 23, 2012
Subject: EXCEPTIONAL piece of history
This video (with Part 1) are a great video transcription of a classic RCA sales film. The color is much better than many 16mm films of the era. If you are a fan of (or just interested in TV or RCA history) you will enjoy the two parts of this video. If you doubt the the veracity of the "quality" of RCA TV's of the era, I can attest they are as presented in the film. I have a 1954 RCA TV that our family purchased new and it still works really well for a 58 year old analog TV. It has had service over the years but still works amazingly well. It was such a great find to see how RCA made these bullet proof sets!
Reviewer: smcelectronics - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 22, 2006
Subject: A fascinating journey of Color TV production
As Spock might say...

A fascinating journey of Color TV production.

Shows the manufacturing and testing of RCA Color TVs including enviromental and operational testing.

A reviewer made the comment that "RCA hires Nerds",
no they didn't hire nerds, the people you are
looking at are educated, trained technicians
and engineers who took pride in their
appearance, occupation, the company they
worked for, their community, their family,
and maybe even their Country and Church.
Apparently these concepts are alien to that reviewer.

As a bit of trivia:

RCA developed and held the patents to most
of the circuitry for the NTSC color tv system.
Thus every TV maker in the US and free world
that used our NTSC system had to pay royalties
on every color TV tube (CRT), deflection yoke,
and about 75% of the circuitry used in their
color TV's.

It wasn't until the mid 1960's when Sony
developed their "Trinitron" color tv crt tube
that a color tv appeared that didn't follow
100% exactly the RCA system of color
reproduction. Thus Sony didn't have to pay
the same amount of patent royalties to RCA
as other companies.
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 21, 2004
Subject: Geek Power rules!
After a rousing beginning, with a "____ is connected to the _____ " song variation, the film then gets down to business, and tells us how each and every beautiful RCA television is designed and built. A little more then a follow the assembly line film, what I found hilarious about this film was RCA's insistence of hiring EVERY LIVING NERD POSSIBLE. I mean, counting all the bow ties, glasses and ducktails forever. Other then that, as I said, it's the power of the assembly line (oh and test after quality test). Great color too.
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